Advice On How To Get Reduce Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety, also known as dental phobia, is a common condition that affects many people around the world. It can cause feelings of fear, nervousness, and even panic when it comes to visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, this can lead to individuals avoiding necessary dental treatments, which can result in serious oral health problems down the road.


There are many reasons why someone may experience dental anxiety. Some people may have had a traumatic experience with a dentist in the past, while others may feel anxious about the pain or discomfort that can come with certain dental procedures. Additionally, the sights and sounds of a dental office can be overwhelming for some individuals.


The good news is that there are ways to manage and overcome dental anxiety. At Simply Wellness Dental we are here to help with some tips for those who may be struggling with this condition:

  1. Communicate with your dentist: If you have dental anxiety, it’s important to let your dentist know. They can work with you to create a plan that makes you feel more comfortable and in control during your appointment. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Zadeh and our team are here for you with a gentle touch!

  2. Bring a friend or family member: Having someone you trust by your side during your appointment can provide a sense of comfort and support. We can help set this up with you ahead of time.

  3. Use relaxation techniques: Deep breathing exercises, visualization, and muscle relaxation techniques can all be effective in managing anxiety. Consider practicing these techniques before and during your appointment.

  4. Distract yourself: Bring a favourite book, listen to music or a podcast, or watch a movie during your appointment to help distract yourself from any feelings of anxiety. In our office you can put on a TV show, kick back and watch!

  5. Consider sedation options: For individuals with severe dental anxiety, sedation options like nitrous oxide or oral sedation may be available. These options can help relax the patient and make the appointment less stressful. Feel free to call us to discuss this option in more detail. 

At Simply Wellness Dental, we understand dental anxiety is a common condition that can make it difficult for individuals to receive necessary dental care. However, by communicating with us, using relaxation techniques, and considering sedation options, you can manage and overcome your anxiety and receive the dental care you need to maintain good oral health! We welcome all members of our Burnaby community. We are here for you and your oral health care. Book your next appointment directly on our website!

Children’s Dentistry: Celebrating National Children’s Health Month

As we observe National Children’s Health Month, it is important to recognize that tooth decay is prevalent among young children. At Simply Wellness Dental, we urge parents in our Burnaby community to be proactive when it comes to preventing tooth decay and promoting good oral hygiene for their children.

Unfortunately, nearly half of the children aged between 2-11 have already experienced tooth decay, and 32% of kids aged 9-11 develop cavities in their permanent teeth. One of the major contributing factors to this public health problem is the high consumption of sugary baby formula and fruit juices. Even breast milk, which contains natural sugars, can lead to cavities in baby teeth.

Therefore, it is crucial to start caring for your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Our dental experts at Simply Wellness Dental recommend scheduling a dental exam no later than your child’s first birthday and scheduling regular six-month checkups to establish a consistent routine that will last a lifetime.

There are also some steps parents can take to prevent tooth decay even before their child’s first dental visit. For example, rinsing your baby’s teeth with water or wiping them down with a damp cloth after feeding can help remove milk or formula residue left in the mouth that can promote decay.

Parents should also aim to wean their child off bottle feeding by their first birthday, as excessive sucking can lead to issues with jaw development. As soon as the first tooth appears, start brushing with a soft-bristled brush and water. Remember to ask your dentist when it is safe to begin using a small amount of toothpaste.

Parents should also help their child brush their teeth and monitor their oral hygiene routine. Children typically lack the dexterity skills to clean their teeth properly until they can tie their shoes.

Finally, parents should avoid giving bottles of milk or any other sugary drinks before bedtime. If you choose to offer beverages with sugar, have your child use a straw to minimize contact with the teeth. Limiting the consumption of sugary foods and drinks can help reduce the risk of tooth decay.

In conclusion, tooth decay is a preventable problem that requires early intervention and proper oral hygiene practices. Our Simply Wellness Dental team is here to help partner with parents! Together we can take an active role in your child’s dental health, not just during National Children’s Health Month, but all year round.

Contact us at Simply Wellness Dental to check in on your child’s oral health. Our team of dental professionals in Burnaby provide gentle care in a friendly and comfortable environment. We look forward to your visit!

How to Properly Care for Your Teeth During the Winter Months

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Winter is in full swing, and for many of us, it brings some challenges for our oral health. Cold weather, dry air, and leftover holiday treats can all make it more difficult to keep our teeth healthy and clean. But with a little extra care and attention, we can ensure that our smiles stay healthy during the winter season.


Dry air is an adjustment during the winter. Heating systems can dry out the inside of our homes, which can lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth can make it more difficult for us to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acids in our mouths that cause tooth decay. To avoid dry mouth, try using a humidifier to add moisture back into the air in your home. Be sure to also drink plenty of water throughout the day. We recommend keeping a large reusable water bottle with you wherever you go! 


During the winter months, there is the extra temptation to indulge in sugary treats and comfort foods. After all the holiday parties and gatherings, it can be hard to resist the leftover cookies and chocolates. But it’s important to remember that sugar can be detrimental to oral health. Try to limit how many treats you indulge in and be sure to brush and floss thoroughly afterwards.


When it comes to your oral care during the winter months, be extra diligent! Cold weather can make us all less motivated. It is essential to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine with brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral health. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, twice daily. You should also floss every day, especially if you have braces or any other dental appliances that can easily trap food particles.


In addition, it’s a good idea to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings throughout the winter months. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Zadeh and our team at Simply Wellness Dental can check for any potential issues and address them early on. These regular checkups can help to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems down the line.


While winter can bring some challenges to our oral health, our team at Simply Wellness Dental is here to help our Burnaby community! Follow our recommendations to drink plenty of water, reduce consuming sugary foods, and be extra diligent about oral hygiene. Schedule your regular dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure that your teeth stay in top condition throughout the winter season and beyond! 

The Holiday Season With Invisalign

The holidays are a great time to start Invisalign treatment! You can smile without hesitation with clear and discreet treatment – plus you can enjoy all of your favourite holiday foods and drinks too. Here are a few tips from our team at Simply Wellness Dental to make the most of your Invisalign treatment over the holiday season.


Wear your aligners for 20 – 22 hours per day. This may seem like a lot, but it’s important to wear your aligners as much as possible to achieve the desired results. If you neglect wearing your aligners, it can extend your treatment time!


Continue with good oral hygiene. It’s especially important to brush after meals, before placing your aligners back in your mouth. In addition, be sure to also clean your aligners regularly – you can use the Invisalign cleaning crystals or any mild soap.


Enjoy all of your favourite holiday foods and drinks! There are no restrictions with Invisalign, so you can indulge in the festive foods and drinks without worry. Simply remove your aligners before eating or drinking. Place them in the included case to keep them safe. Just remember to brush your teeth after eating and before placing the aligners back in.


Smile! After all, there’s nothing like the holiday season to bring out a beautiful smile! Whether you’re smiling for a family photo, or greeting friends and neighbours, you can smile without hesitation as Invisalign is clear and discreet.


Keep in touch with our team! If you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment with us at Simply Wellness Dental – we have created a customized plan just for you. Keep in touch with us for any questions and when to get your next set of aligners.


Interested in Invisalign? Start This Holiday Season!


The holidays are a great time to start Invisalign treatment and our team at Simply Wellness Dental is here for you every step of the way. You’ll enjoy all the benefits Invisalign has to offer. The discreet treatment has no restrictions, allowing you to comfortably enjoy your festive season! Invisalign would also make a great holiday gift for your family or for yourself! Schedule your consultation now with our dental clinic in Burnaby to get started with treatment before the new year.

A Dentist’s Tips: How to Tell If You Have Bad Breath and What to Do About It

Having bad breath is not only embarrassing, but it can also be a sign that something more serious is wrong with your oral health. If you are concerned that you might have bad breath, there are a few things you can do to find out for sure and get started on remedying the situation. Our Simply Wellness dentists – Dr. Sharma and Dr. Zadeh, weigh in on how to tell if you have bad breath, as well as some tips on how to fix the problem. 


Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by a number of different things. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene, which can lead to a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria produces foul-smelling compounds that cause bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include certain foods and drinks (such as garlic or coffee), tobacco use, dry mouth, and certain medical conditions (such as sinus infections or GERD).


There are a few ways to tell if you have bad breath. First, take a close look at your toothbrush. If it is covered in a thick layer of plaque, this is likely contributing to your bad breath. Another way to tell is simply by smelling your own breath. If you notice that your breath has an unpleasant odour, this is a good indication that you have bad breath. You can also ask a close friend or family member if they notice anything different about your breath.


If you think you might have bad breath, there are a few things you can do to improve the situation. First and foremost, practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. This will help to remove the bacteria that cause bad breath. You can also use a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria on your tongue. In addition, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will help to keep your mouth moist and prevent bad breath caused by dry mouth. Finally, avoid foods and drinks that can cause bad breath, such as garlic or coffee. If you smoke tobacco, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your breath (and your overall health).


If you have bad breath that does not go away with good oral hygiene, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. In this case, it is best to visit us at Simply Wellness Dental to get to the bottom of the problem. We will be able to determine the best course of treatment for your bad breath. Our focus for patients starts with professional cleanings and prevention. Book an appointment for any of your oral health concerns!

6 Healthy Halloween Tips From Your Neighbourhood Burnaby Dentist!

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner! Many households will fill up with bags of candy and sweets, lasting a few months! What is one to do with all of that sugar? How can you have a healthy Halloween? Our dental team at Simply Wellness Dental have a few tips to get you through! 


Time The Sugar 

Enjoy Halloween Candy near or shortly after mealtime. The saliva produced during meals helps to cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. 


Be Selective With Candy 

Avoid eating candy that is hard or sticky. These candies can stay in your mouth for a longer amount of time. The length of time sweets stay in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay and gum disease. 


Drink Plenty Of Water 

While it may be the season to indulge in candy and treats – be sure to drink plenty of water. Water can help flush away sugar and food particles hanging around in your mouth. In addition, fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. 


Stick To A Healthy Diet 

Your body needs a nutritious and balanced diet. Try to fill up on healthy foods full of vitamins and nutrients. This will leave less room for sugar and sweet treats! 


Maintain Good Oral Hygiene 

Clean your teeth by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once per day. It is also important to change your toothbrush every three months or as the bristles fray. 


Check in With Your Burnaby Dentist 

Our team at Simply Wellness Dental is happy to keep your oral health on the right track! There are problems only a professional can spot early on. We take a preventative approach to your oral health and want to make sure you put your best smile forward. 


Book Your Appointment 

This Halloween season, stay on top of sugar and sweet treats in your household. Follow our guidelines and help your family to keep their smiles healthy and strong. We offer dental care for all ages – kids, teens, adults and seniors too! For any questions or to book your routine checkups, contact our office! 

What Is It Like Living With Dental Implants ?

If your dentist has recommended a dental implant, you’re probably wondering what it’s like to live with one. Our dental team at Simply Wellness Dental is here to help you understand the process and to explain what to expect on a daily basis. 


What Will My Daily Life Be Like After Getting Dental Implants? 

Your dentist will most likely advise you to consume soft meals for the first 24 hours after your dental implant treatment. Sometimes, you may need to consume only soft meals for up to 7 days after the procedure, so make sure to keep enough supplies at-home! Mashed potatoes, smoothies, applesauce, smooth soups (not chunky), homemade broth and bouillon, juices, and protein drinks are all good go-to’s.
If you follow your dentist’s advice, you’ll be on the road to a smooth and fast recovery!  


Dental implants function similarly to natural teeth  

If some of your favourite foods include spare ribs, steaks, corn on the cob, apples, tacos, and almonds – there’s good news. With a dental implant, you’ll be able to continue to indulge! In addition, you’ll be able to speak and smile comfortably too! This is because dental implants, like natural teeth, are meant to replace the tooth roots and provide the ability to eat through foods that can be difficult to chew. Implants are placed behind the gum line and is connected to the jawbone to ensure a secure fit. The tooth replacement (a crown, bridge, or denture) will be put on top of the implant to serve as the tooth’s biting surface.


Dental implants are barely noticeable  

If you’re considering getting a dental implant to replace a lost tooth, you might be anxious about whether people would notice. You will be able to smile, speak, chew, and do everything else you’d typically do with your natural teeth. A casual spectator will have difficulty noticing that you have a dental implant. 

To provide a consistent look, the tooth replacement that will sit on top of the abutment will closely resemble your natural teeth and be matched to the colour of your existing teeth. 


How to look after a dental implant  

After your dental implant has been placed, you will still need to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. You should also visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. 


Visit our Dental Clinic In Burnaby 

At Simply Wellness Dental, your oral health, comfort and care are our top priority! Our dentists at Simply Wellness Dental, Dr. Vik Sharma and Dr. Kory Zadeh would be happy to answer any questions regarding dental implants or address any other oral health concerns. We welcome you to book a consultation with us to learn more! Feel free to reach us at (604) 423-3737.  


Travel Tips for Your Teeth This Summer

Summer plans are very exciting! Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or a local staycation, don’t forget about your oral health! Our team at Simply Wellness Dental has a few helpful travel tips for your smile. 


Schedule Check-Ups 

Prevention is key to good oral health and long-term health too. Take the time to schedule your appointment for the summer and the year. This way they are locked in and you won’t forget to book! 


Emergency Care 

Keep emergency phone numbers handy, including your dentist! Oftentimes, a problem or question can be answered over the phone without a visit. You can reach our dentists at Simply Wellness Dental by calling (604) 423-3737.


Pack Your Toothbrush 

The list of items to bring on your trip can be long. Just don’t forget that toothbrush! If by chance you do, you can rinse vigorously with mouthwash or water until you get to the nearest drugstore to buy a toothbrush. 


Toothbrush Storage 

It’s important to keep your toothbrush dry to keep it clean. A moist toothbrush can breed bacteria. On vacation try to transport your toothbrush in a resealable plastic bag, and once unpacking open it up to allow it to be exposed to dry air. This way your toothbrush stays dry, clean and away from other items in your suitcase or toiletry bag. 


Bottled Water 

If you are in a country where the water supply is compromised – or you’re on a wilderness adventure, but aren’t sure how clean the stream is – always use bottled water to brush. In addition, be sure to hydrate yourself as much as possible! 


Get Back On Track 

If you just got back from your summer vacation, it’s time to get back on track! Maybe you let flossing or brushing slide – but bring your routine back to the basics. Brush twice daily for two minutes and floss daily. Don’t forget to check-in with your dentist too. 


Book Your Appointment in Burnaby 

We can’t wait to hear about your summer adventures! Book your next dental appointment and check-up at Simply Wellness Dental. We offer preventative and restorative dental care services for the entire family.  

Healthy Summer Food Ideas for Healthy Smiles!

Summer is in full swing! The season brings out sunny days, vacation and plenty of events. Oftentimes, this includes treats and delicious foods. With all of these indulgences, how can you keep your oral health in check? At Simply Wellness Dental, we’ve got a few ideas for healthy summer foods to keep your smile healthy too. 


Fresh Fruits 

Swap out any sugar-filled desserts like ice cream and popsicles for fresh fruits instead! There are plenty of fresh fruits that can satisfy your ‘sweet tooth’ cravings. Plus they have many oral health benefits too! 

  • Peaches – have a natural sweetness which can be added to any meal or snack. Put them in a salad, or cut up in a fruit salad! Peaches contain vitamin C and fluoride.

  • Strawberries – this summertime staple fruit can be picked fresh or found locally at their best! They contain high amounts of vitamin C, collagen, fluoride and calcium.

  • Blueberries – Always a crowd favourite! They are full of rich vitamins containing vitamin K1, vitamin C, magnesium, plus they also have high water and high fiber content too.

  • Watermelon – best enjoyed in the summer, it’s a great fruit with vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium content. It has the highest water content of fruit, and contains fiber. To top it off it has the lowest sugar count of most fruits too! 

Fresh Veggies 

The summer season is a great time to take advantage of fresh vegetables from your garden or local grocery store. Here are a few vegetable ideas to try: 

  • Summer Squash – Grilling, roasting, baking or frying – you can’t go wrong when it comes to summer squash. High in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and magnesium – this is a delicious and healthy vegetable to enjoy! 
  • Corn – Whether you’re eating it off the cob from the barbeque or chopping it into a salad – summer is the season for corn! Full of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and high in fiber.

  • Zucchini – another stand-alone or mix-in delicious veggie! It boasts vitamin A, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium. 

Take advantage of these delicious fresh summertime food options. Not only will they benefit your oral health and smile, but your overall health too! 

Check-In On Your Oral Health 

Don’t forget to regularly check-in with your dentist to make sure your oral health is on track. Our team at Simply Wellness Dental is happy to help! Book your routine dental check-up with a Burnaby dentist here

Bridal Season Prep: Add Invisalign To The List!

Bridal season is coming up! During this time, brides will invest to look and feel their very best! From workout regimes to facials – the list goes on! Of course, having a confident and beautiful smile is definitely something to seek out. After all, they’ll be constantly showing it off on their big day!


Invisalign Clear Aligners was voted as the #1 Most Popular Wedding Beauty Treatment for brides. The media outlet Brides, has raved and added it as part of your essential ‘wedding beauty regimen’. 


Raving reviews from RealSelf read “Invisalign [treatment] has given me so much confidence!” a 28-year-old bride-to-be wrote on RealSelf. “My boyfriend of 12 years proposed and the thought of not feeling confident with my smile on my wedding day horrified me, so I went to see about getting Invisalign [aligners]… Three weeks before I got married, my teeth are all straight and look amazing.”


Our team at Simply Wellness Dental wants to help prepare you for your special day! We recommend coming in for a consultation one year prior to your wedding date. During this time, we can review your case and personalize your treatment plan to achieve your smile goals in time for those wedding bells


Invisalign clear aligners are custom made just for your teeth. They will need to be worn for approximately two weeks. After that, you’ll receive your next set of aligners in the series. The aligners are easy to integrate into your lifestyle as they are discreet and you don’t need to make any dietary changes. Brushing and flossing also remains the same! You just need to stay on top of cleaning your aligners and taking them out to eat and drink. 


Our team is here to answer any questions you have on Invisalign. Let’s get that wedding prep started! Book your consultation by contacting our Burnaby office. P.S. Grooms are encouraged to improve their smiles too!  

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